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Women of the Rhondda
Tales of the valley: women recall their lives in the mining communities of the Rhondda
Documentary 1973 21 mins
"A slave to the home" is one participant's memory of daily life for women - while the men were slaves to the mine owners - in a coalmining area of South Wales in the 1920s. The industry was riven by strikes in this era, including the General Strike of 1926, and times were even tougher for the women when the men were out on strike. These four women of the Rhondda Valley speak eloquently to camera - they have clearly been put at ease by the filmmakers - as they tell of lost hopes of careers as a teacher or vet, and recall happier times too.
Coal on Film
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Absorbing overview of coalmining in the early years of nationalisation.
Durham Miners Gala
Non-Fiction 1930 2 mins Location: Durham
Billowing banners and copious crowds throng Durham for the annual Miners' Gala.
Current affairs 1984 6 mins Location: Stafford
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Romance of a Lump of Coal
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A filmic speed date with the multifaceted rock celebrates its talents and virtues in the days before its shortcomings soured the relationship.
Lle Triga’r Caneri
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Tidy Is Safe
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Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
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Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
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News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.